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4-H Dairy Project

Fun Fact- Four Alices in Dairyland (Merrie Barney,1959; Beth Bartosh, 1964; Janice Findlay, 1976; and Laura Oldenberg, 1978) called Burlington in Racine County home when they were selected as Alice.

Resource Leaders

Art Green- Superintendent

John Scott- Dairy Judging Team Leader, Raymond 4-H Club

Bruce Peterson- County Resource Leader

Judy Bratz- Kan-Do 4-H Club

Beth Brunn- Tucker 4-H Club

Jill Jacobs- Norway 4-H Club

Julie Lauber- Rising Stars 4-H Club

David Osenga- Yorkville 4-H Club

Judy Uhlenhake- Burlington Back 40 4-H Club

Project Goals

The 4-H dairy program will teach you about the selection, production, management, health and showing of dairy animals. 

Key Terms/Project Areas

Bovine – Refers to cattle or oxen.

Bull- a sexually mature male bovine

Cow- a mature female bovine

Calf- an immature male or female bovine

Heifer – A bovine female less than three years of age who has not borne a calf. Young cows with their first calves are often called first-calf heifers.

Transition Cow - A cow that is from 2 months before 1 month after expected calving date.

Veal - A calf (usually male) that is raised on milk and is intended to be used for meat at a young age. Veal meat is served at many restaurants and is very popular in cultural cuisine.

County Activities

 Kids and Cows Family Day- September 10, 2011   Barron Co. Fairgrounds

Dairy Judging Workbook

Judging Dairy Cattle- Giving Reasons

2011 National 4-H Dairy Conference 

Applications are now being accepted to represent Wisconsin at the National 4-H Dairy Conference on October 2-5, 2011 in Madison, WI. More than 200 students from 30 states are expected to attend the conference, where they will learn about new farm technologies and careers in the dairy industry.

Delegates at National 4-H Dairy Conference are high-school students who participate in their local 4-H Dairy Programs. While on campus, the students will attend seminars through UW-Madison’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences on topics such as farm finance, dairy food quality and producing alternative dairy products from sheep and goats. The conference also includes a trip to World Dairy Expo, where young people considering careers in dairy production can learn about the latest technology and business practices being implemented around the world.

National 4-H Dairy Conference has been held in Madison since 1970, giving young people from around the country an opportunity to learn about the dairy industry from established professionals.

To apply to be a part of the Wisconsin delegation to the National 4-H Dairy Conference you must be in grades 10-12 as of January 1, 2011.  Applications are available on the Wisconsin Dairy Youth website at You can also contact Heinze directly at (608) 263-9409 or

Activities Happening throughout the State and Nation

Wisconsin Dairy Project

University of Wisconsin Dairy Science

World Dairy Expo- Madison, WI

Check out the National 4-H Curriculum and online pieces for more information on your project.

Activities for Youth and Volunteers

Virtual Dairy Farm

4-H Dairy Cattle Online Activities

Glossary of Dairy Terms

Information on Dairy Production

4-H Dairy Activity Page

Pennsylvania 4-H Dairy Project Record Book 

Cattle Breeds

Dairy Judging for Beginners


Other Websites

Alice in Dairyland

Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board

American Dairy Science Association

American Dairy Association

Wisconsin Dairy Products Association

Dairy Cattle Breed Associations

Wisconsin Purebred Dairy Cattle Association 

State Wide Blog

Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Blog

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